Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
It’s that time of year again. Old Rag is Virginia’s most popular hike and rn Old Rag is ~primo~ bc the weather has cooled off a bit, so I wanna get out there and slay that rock scramble with those willing to wake up early enough. Why so early?
Because with nice weather comes buttloads*** (it’s an actual unit of measurement, see below) of older tourists, young kids, and generally large crowds that cause the bouldering part to bottleneck…
Since I’m a fairly impatient person and love speeding through Old Rag, I despise the bottleneck. So we’ll be waking up extra early. like really early.
But it will be REWARDING, FULFILLING and you’ll get a round of applause for me if you make it. Don’t miss out on this just bc you love sleeping– your bed will still be there when you get back.
Plan to leave Echol’s at 5:30am, BE EARLY OR ON TIME, hike typically takes 4.5 hours plus driving. We should be back around noon. Taking 8-10 people at max, priority for another driver and if you have a Shenandoah pass. If you have to withdraw AFTER the add/drop deadline of Thursday @2pm, you need to TEXT ME at 847-863-0008.
I plan on running/keepin a super fast pace on the way back down the fire road in addition to this already being a strenuous hike (we’ll stop to enjoy the view and eat a lil at the top), so just make sure you’ve got the stamina/positive energy and are relatively in shape to make this a frickin’ blast!
important: DOES COST $5 for parking if we don’t get SNP passes!!!!!!
what to bring:
– good running/hiking shoes
– an ocean of quality h2o
– enough snacks to last 5-6 hours
– yearning to see some wonderful views
– a real camera? please? we’ll put your photo on the ODC website!
PS. Last year I did this hike at the exact same time and we did get back to dorms around 12:30pm, without trail running. So if you have a class at 1 or 2pm, you will make it!
***Buttload: “A ‘butt’ is a traditional unit of volume used for wines and other alcoholic beverages. A butt is generally defined to be two hogsheads, but the size of hogsheads varies according to the contents. In the United States a hogshead is typically 63 gallons and a butt is 126 gallons.”